Boso-no-Mura Open Air Museum

Well decided to keep Tokyo for another day, we woke up too late and The Smurg is showing signs of missing the countryside and wants to run wild. So we decided to go to Boso-no-Mura instead.

This is an open air museum about 30 minutes by bus from Narita. They have recreated an Edo Period (1603-1867) Boso region (part of the China prefecture) village. With (work)shops,merchant houses and traditional farms. The whole village and farms are inhabited and actually functioning as they should (if real) people farm the land, plant rice, make paper, food, shoes, pottery and so on.
Unfortunately due to the last Tsunami, the whole setup is running a little erratically so not all the shops where working, and many of the work shops you can do (papermaking, printing, make items from bamboo, blacksmith, see a tea ceremony) are not running at the moment. I did manage to do a ‘how to make a tatami coaster’ workshop, that was heaps of fun, and I got a lovely coaster and a nice piece of tatami to turn into a mat for the dollshouse.

Unfortunately it was another dreary day and the pictures show it.

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Collage of the village street

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Collage of some of the village shop and farm interiors

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Farmhouse

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It was really interesting to see how the straw roofs are made.

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Remember these? My grandpere made me a set with empty tin cans and ropes and I walked many an hour on them

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Water bucket and ladle

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Shelf full of pottery ready to ship. I like how they protect each bowl by wrapping rice stalks around them.

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Beautiful printed cloth

We did not get to see all and I will go back one day to see the museum, the grave mounts and dress up as a samurai!

*R*

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. vanessa
    May 29, 2013 @ 05:09:57

    Sono stato molto contento di aver trovato questo sito. Voglio dire grazie per il vostro tempo per questa lettura meravigliosa! Io sicuramente mi sto godendo ogni post e ho gia’ salvato il sito tra i segnalibri per non perdermi nulla!

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